Standardized Tests

College Down Low: Test Optional or Test Mandatory?

Test Optional Gains Traction Are college entrance exams really getting kicked to the curb, tossed out, rendered obsolete, “retired?” Word on the street, in academic corridors and across the nation’s college campuses, suggest a definitely maybe.   “There are now well over 1,000 colleges and universities that don’t require SAT Read More…

The Admissions Mystique: What Do Colleges Expect?

What do colleges expect? The good news about college acceptance? Even “the experts” don’t possess the “silver bullet.” The bad news? No one does. College acceptance rates and their corresponding criteria vary from year to year based on a range of metrics including, but not limited to: The pool of Read More…

Breaking Bad Habits: The Right ACT Attitude

Developing Bad Habits As students gain academic experience, they cannot help but develop coping mechanisms or “bad habits,” which they wholly believe will enable their survival under the competitive pressure of college admissions. These behavioral patterns often serve them well…until they don’t. For better or worse, we mimic the behavior of Read More…

What about Summer? 5 Benefits of the New Summer SAT

What about Summer? Thinking about a blissful summer sojourn, not the summer SAT? Perhaps a six week program with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, the Young Writer’s Camp at UCSD, playing some Park and Rec club soccer or tennis, jet setting around the globe, or just gaming with friends Read More…

3 Reasons: Why Rapid Educational Changes Are Unlikely

While many Americans vocalize optimism for the advancement of voucher programs and Charter Schools under the potential Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, or express fear of her lack of educational experience and diminished advocacy of public schools, the ultimate authority of public education will continue to reside with local control Read More…

College Admissions- Aiming for the Big Leagues

“I’m so sorry, but it’s too late. She simply doesn’t have the numbers.” The vacant stares and suppressed tears are almost as devastating for me as a college counselor and educator as the genuine despair of the family that arrives on my doorstep during their teen’s senior year. Sadly, by Read More…

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